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The ATU Commemorates National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Silver Spring, MD – Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) International President John Costa released the following statement regarding the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.

“This year, as we commemorate the first-ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the ATU stands with the lost children and survivors of Indigenous communities who endured generations of abuse at the hands of residential schools throughout Canada.

“Public recognition of these tragedies is a critical piece of the reconciliation process. Over 150,000 Indigenous children were separated from their families and communities to attend these residential schools. The atrocities that began in 1831 spanned more than a century, with the last school closing in 1998.

“Many of these children, who were taken away from their families and communities, also lost their lives, with thousands of them being tragically discovered in unmarked graves at the former residential schools.

“Real reconciliation means more than a national holiday. We must never forget what happened and must continue to speak truth about what happened in this dark chapter in Canada’s history. Indigenous communities across Canada deserve truth and justice.”